It’s on again – the battle of the Irish céilí bands to get a place in the top 5 for 2016.We had a brilliant response last yearand looking forward to supporting our old favourites and the newer bands within the ever-expanding stable of wonderful Irish dance musicians.
We dancers are so lucky to have so many talented and energetic musicians to play for us and giving support and a vote to our favourite bands is like the least we can do, although you can vote whether you dance or not. You just have to love the music!
“Well, that was embarrassing!” Not a great start for a blog post but that is about the size of it. The results are in from the global poll and I received a grand total of 91 voters, the lowest response by far of the three polls I have conducted.
This is despite the fact that almost 3 times that many people read the blog post, two-thirds of you readers did not vote.
However, my thanks to those who did vote, and the High Cauled Cap was in front all the way. Continue reading →
What an amazing response we had to this poll – the amount of interest far exceeded my wildest reckoning.
10,030 votes from 40 countries far and wide, with 128 bands on the list which expanded over the poll week to include 171 bands, suggested by you.
I’m not sure if this is the first poll of Irish céilí bands, but the purpose of holding a popular vote was to try increase the level of interest in Irish dance music. I can see that it doesn’t need a huge amount of help but I hope it has added something extra. I’d love to see the day where every country in the world has at least one céilí band.
Great music is the partner to great dancing, and to celebrate the vibrant music we lucky dancers and music fans have available, I thought it was time have a poll to find out what you think.
Putting this list of 157 céilí bands* together has been a real eye-opener, with your suggestion to include bands from as far back at the 1950’s, some I’ve never heard of but have won All-Ireland places in the Fleadh Cheoil over the years or come from the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan and yes, even Australia!
Deciding on the line-up of dances forIrish set dancingcan be torture for a dance/ céilí organiser- or not.
Debate has raged for some years now, particularly in Ireland, whether or not to continually expand the range of sets danced or to stick to the ones people know, especially the ones I call the “C” sets – Caledonian, Clare Plain, Cashel, Connemara, Corofin, etc. Learning new sets is great and it can be very disappointing if you never get to dance them at céilís.